Meet the CORE Project/Program Managers and Research Coordinators.

Project/Program Managers:

Emily Gallagher

Emily Gallagher, RN
Project/Program Manager

Emily R. Gallagher is a research RN at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She received her BSN in Nursing, and prior to this, a BA in Psychology, both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Emily has worked with Dr. Jennifer Temel on a number of intervention studies in the areas of palliative and supportive care for cancer patients and their families. Her particular interests include patient-clinician communication, patient decision making, electronic medical record utilization, research study design and database management.

 

Emily McNaughton

Emily McNaughton, MPH
Project/Program Manager

Emily McNaughton is the Program Manager for the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In this role she supports CORE leadership with operational management of the program, process improvement, infrastructure development, staff management, and new grant, protocol, and manuscript submission. Prior to joining CORE, Emily spent over 15 years conducting and managing research in both the public and private sector, leading teams, and working with academic and private industry collaborators. She has extensive experience managing research projects and programs as well as with public health surveillance, data collection, outcomes studies, and mixed methods research. She is thrilled to be a member of the multidisciplinary CORE team and to help support the program’s mission. Emily holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from Tufts University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College.

 

Chardria Trotter

Chardria Trotter, MBA, MPH, CPH
Project/Program Manager

Chardria Trotter is a Project Manager who joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology and gerontology from the University of Southern California, Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University, and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis on health management and policy from University of North Texas Health Science Center. Chardria has nearly 10 years of experience in project management, partnership cultivation, regulatory compliance, quality assurance and data integrity. Her cancer research experience ranges from health disparity, rare disease, quality of life, and patient reported outcome studies. Under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Temel, she manages a large multi-site study that focuses on the comparative effectiveness of early integrated telehealth versus in-person palliative care for patients with advanced lung cancer.

 

Research Coordinators that work with CORE:

Seetha Aribindi

Seetha Aribindi

Seetha Aribindi joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June 2021. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a distinction as a Public Policy Research Scholar in May 2021. Seetha works with Dr. Jennifer Temel, Dr. Joseph Greer, and Dr. Kathryn Post to investigate an intervention designed to reduce physical and psychological stress for patients with advanced lung cancer. Seetha was drawn to working with CORE because of the group’s focus on developing new ways to support patients through health challenges. After her time with CORE, Seetha plans to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Calyley Bliss

Calyley Bliss

Cayley Bliss is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) and the Mongan Institute for Health Policy. She is very excited and grateful to be a part of the CORE team! She graduated from Boston College in May 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology (Clinical Concentration) and a minor in Applied Psychology and Human Development. At CORE, Cayley works with Dr. Elyse Park on multiple studies that offer health insurance patient navigation to both childhood and adult cancer survivors. She also works on a multi-site study that integrates tobacco treatment into lung cancer screening. In the future, Cayley plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 

Kofi Boateng

Kofi Boateng

Kofi Boateng is originally from the Bronx, NY. After graduating from Lafayette College in 2016, he completed a Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship in India and earned an MPH in Healthcare Management from Boston University. Kofi joined the CORE program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in March 2021 and works with Dr. Tejaswini More Dhawale on a qualitative study focused on examining patients’, caregivers’, and clinicians’ experiences with communication about CAR-T therapy. Kofi intends to pursue a career in medicine and continue with patient care research.

 

Joely Centracchio

Joely Centracchio

Joely Centracchio joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June of 2021. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Medical Humanities from Boston College in 2020, she worked as a Clinical Research Associate in the Cellular Immunotherapy Program at the MGH Cancer Center. Joely currently works with Dr. Joseph Greer, Dr. Jennifer Temel, and Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on the THRIVE study: a supportive care mobile application aimed to improve symptoms, coping, and quality of life among patients living with advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). She is both excited and grateful to be joining such an innovative, collaborative research team. After her time spent in CORE, she plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

 

Madison Clay

Madison Clay

Madison Clay joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June of 2020. She graduated from Tufts University in 2020 with a BS in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Studio Art and played for the varsity volleyball team. Madison works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on a multi-site randomized control trial of inpatient palliative care integrated with transplant care in patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant. After her time in CORE, she plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 

Shibani Datta

Shibani Datta

Shibani Datta joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator after graduating from the University of Washington in 2021 with a B.S. in Psychology. She works with Dr. Jamie Jacobs on the INITIATE study which aims to understand and address barriers to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy initiation for breast cancer survivors. Shibani is also working with Dr. Deb Forst on the NeuroCARE study that focuses on supportive care needs of caregivers of patients recently diagnosed with malignant glioma. In the future, Shibani plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 

Juan Gasca Banda

Juan Gasca Banda

Juan Gasca Banda joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the summer of 2021 after graduating from Tufts University with a B.S. in Biology and Clinical Psychology. He currently works with Dr. Areej El-Jawari on ENVISION, a cross-sectional study focused on developing and evaluating the Prognostic Awareness Questionnaire, which will address the lack of current methods that measure prognostic understanding for patients with cancer. After his time with CORE, Juan hopes to attend medical school and specialize in the field of Psychiatry.

 

Claire Greydanus

Claire Greydanus

Claire Greydanus joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June 2021. A recent graduate of Boston College, she received a B.S. in Biology with an interdisciplinary minor in Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture. Claire works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri and Dr. Connor Johnson on a longitudinal study investigating the quality of life and coping mechanisms of patients newly diagnosed with indolent hematologic malignancies. Claire is excited to join members of the CORE team in their mission to provide supportive, patient-centered care. After her time with CORE, she plans to integrate her passions for patient interaction and research by pursuing a career in medicine.

 

Jacqueline Han

Jacqueline Han

Jackie Han joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in June 2021 after graduating from Cornell University with a B.A. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology and minor in Business. As a Clinical Research Coordinator, she works with Dr. Jennifer Temel, Dr. Joseph Greer, and Dr. Kathryn Post on a multi-site study investigating palliative care intervention delivery models for patients with advanced lung cancer. Jackie is passionate about healthcare policy, health equity, and the integration of mental and physical care. She is thrilled to be working with a brilliant and interdisciplinary team. After her time in CORE, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Lauren Heuer

Lauren Heuer

Lauren Heuer joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in 2020 after graduating from Williams College with a B.A. in biology and anthropology. She works with Dr. Jennifer Temel, Dr. Joseph Greer, and Dr. Kathryn Post on a multi-site study investigating palliative care intervention delivery models for patients with advanced lung cancer. Passionate about health care access and equity, Lauren is thrilled to work toward increasing the accessibility of palliative care. She is grateful to be a member of such an inspiring and dedicated multidisciplinary team and to support the program’s mission of improving quality of life, patient-clinician communication, and end-of-life care delivery. Lauren intends to pursue a career in medicine and public health after her time with CORE.

 

Shira Hornstein

Shira Hornstein

Originally from Westwood, Massachusetts, Shira Hornstein joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in July 2021. She graduated with B.A.s in Biology and Government from Dartmouth College in 2021, where she was also a member of the Varsity Equestrian Team. As a Clinical Research Coordinator, she works with Dr. Ryan Nipp on a collaborative care study that focuses on the needs of older adults with advanced cancer and aims to enhance patients’ quality of life and functional outcomes. She also works with Dr. Nipp on developing an intervention to monitor recently discharged patients with advanced cancer at home with the aim of managing patients’ disease burden and reducing hospital visits. After her time with CORE, she hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in public health research.

 

Kelly Hsu

Kelly Hsu

Kelly Hsu is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE). She joined in June 2021 after graduating from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Neuroscience. Kelly works with Dr. Laura Petrillo on the UPLIFT study, research focusing on improving patient-physician communication regarding cancer and immunotherapy. After her time with CORE, she plans to attend medical school and continue pursuing her interests in education and health outcomes research.

 

Teresa Indiolo

Teresa Indiolo

Teresa Indriolo is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program and the Gastrointestinal Division at Massachusetts General Hospital. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Psychology and Brain Sciences along with dual minors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies and Deaf Studies. At CORE she works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri and Dr. Nneka Ufere on a longitudinal, prospective study to assess the palliative, supportive, and end-of-life care needs of patients with end-stage liver disease and their caregivers. Teresa intends to pursue a career in medicine and utilize the knowledge and clinical skills gained during her time with CORE to continue to aid in the advancement of patient care research.

 

Mitchell Lavoie

Mitchell Lavoie

Mitchell Lavoie joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June of 2020. He graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture. Mitchell works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on a randomized control trial to test the feasibility and efficacy of a psychological intervention mobile app to promote coping in patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia undergoing intensive induction chemotherapy as well as a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of palliative care versus standard oncology care in patients with high-risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) undergoing non-intensive chemotherapy. Mitchell also works with Dr. P Connor Johnson on a longitudinal study assessing the needs of patients and caregivers receiving CAR T-cell therapy and on a randomized control trial aimed at exploring and testing the feasibility and efficacy of an educational video tool for patients undergoing CAR T-cell therapy. After his time with CORE, Mitchell plans to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Katina Massad

Katina Massad

Katina Massad joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator after graduating from Williams College with a B.A. in Chemistry and a concentration in Biochemistry. She works with Dr. Jamie Jacobs on the STRIDE study, which aims to improve adjuvant endocrine therapy adherence, symptom management, and distress in breast cancer survivors. She also works with Dr. Lara Traeger on the Transitions study, which focuses on helping lung cancer patients make the transition from active treatment to survivorship with supportive care interventions. Katina is incredibly excited and grateful to be a part of the CORE team. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Michelle Mesa

Michelle Mesa

Michelle Mesa joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator after graduating from Boston University in 2019 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. She works with Dr. Forst on research focusing on supportive care needs in patients recently diagnosed with malignant glioma and their caregivers. Additionally, she is working with Dr. Forst on research that aims to improve communication between patients and their clinicians. In the future, Michelle hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Katherine Morgan

Katherine Morgan

Kate Morgan joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 2021. She graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Community Health and a minor in English earlier the same year. As a member of CORE, Kate works with Dr. Jamie Jacobs on a multi-site randomized control trial of supportive therapy interventions for the family and friend caregivers of patients with cancer, in collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In the future, she intends to pursue a graduate degree and work towards a career in public health and policy.

 

Isabel Neckermann

Isabel Neckermann

Isabel Neckermann joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) Program in June 2021 after graduating from Tufts University with a B.S. in Biopsychology and a B.A. in Community Health. As a Clinical Research Coordinator, she currently works with Dr. Ryan Nipp on interventional studies assessing the symptom burden and supportive care needs of patients with a variety of cancers. After her time with CORE, she intends to pursue a career in medicine, finding ways to integrate her passion for public health with clinical medicine, and dedicate her time to patient outcomes research.

 

Elise Noonan

Elise Noonan

Elise Noonan is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program and the Mongan Institute for Health Policy. Elise graduated in 2019 from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Prior to joining CORE in October 2020, she worked in the Cancer Center Protocol Office in Breast Oncology at MGH. Elise now works with Dr. Elyse Park on multiple studies integrating tobacco treatment into lung cancer screening. She is very excited and grateful to be a part of the CORE team. In the future, Elise plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 

Rachel Plotke

Rachel Plotke

Rachel Plotke joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator II in April 2020. She graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Public Health from Muhlenberg College in 2018, where she was also a member of the Women’s Basketball team. Prior to joining CORE, Rachel worked as a Research Assistant at Boston Medical Center. Rachel is working with Dr. Jennifer Temel, Dr. Joseph Greer, and Chardria Trotter on a large multi-site clinical trial studying the effectiveness of telehealth versus in-person palliative care for patients with advanced lung cancer. She is thrilled be working with such a collaborative and multidisciplinary team. After her time with CORE, she plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 

Autumn Rasmussen

Autumn Rasmussen

Autumn West Rasmussen joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in January 2021. She graduated in the Spring of 2020 from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Concentration in the Cognitive Sciences. Prior to joining CORE, Autumn held an internship at the MGH OCD and Related Disorders Program. At CORE, Autumn primarily works with Drs. Elyse Park and Brett Goshe on a multi-site study, which offers virtual smoking cessation counseling, and promotes health-related behaviors, among cancer patients. After her time with CORE, Autumn hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

 

Julia Rice

Julia Rice

Julia Rice is originally from Cleveland, OH. After graduating from Bates College in 2016 and playing soccer for four years, she was a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Thoracic Oncology team at the MGH Cancer Center. After those two years, she completed the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at the Harvard Extension school before returning to MGH as a CRC for the CORE Team. She works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on a qualitative longitudinal study focused on treatment outcomes in geriatric lymphoma patients. She also works on a longitudinal study focused on understanding prognostic awareness in patients with metastatic cancer. After her time with CORE, she hopes to attend medical school.

 

Matthew Reynolds

Matthew Reynolds

Matthew Reynolds joined the Clinical Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in January 2020. He graduated in 2019 from Harvard University with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. Matthew works with Dr. El-Jawahri on a randomized intervention to address sexual dysfunction in hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors and is additionally involved in multiple studies related to optimizing end of life care. After his time with CORE, Matthew plans to a pursue a career in medicine, perhaps in oncology.

 

Alane Schmelkin

Alane Schmelkin

Alane Schmelkin is a Clinical Research Coordinator who joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in December 2020. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2018 with degrees in Psychology and Marketing Communications. Prior to joining CORE, Alane worked in the mental health field and as a Research Associate in the private sector. In her role at CORE, she works with Dr. Daniel Lage on a study evaluating a care transition intervention for patients with advanced cancers following hospitalization. Alane is dedicated to improving the experience and outcomes for cancer patients and their caregivers. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology after her time at CORE.

 

Samar Shaqour

Samar Shaqour

Samar Shaqour joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as Clinical Research Coordinator in June 2021. She graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Biopsychology and a minor in English. She works with Dr. Kelly Irwin on the Bridge Study, a randomized controlled trial that is centered on analyzing the health disparities faced by individuals with cancer and serious mental illness. Additionally, she is part of the ENGAGE Initiative, which both raises awareness about the health disparities faced by individuals with cancer and serious mental illness, and advocates for equity. After her time at CORE, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Emma Siefring

Emma Siefring

Emma Siefring joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) and the Health Promotion and Resiliency Intervention Research Program (HPRIR) in June of 2021 as a Clinical Research Coordinator working with Dr. Giselle Perez and Dr. Daniel Hall. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University with minors in Studio Art and South Asian Studies. She conducted pediatric psycho-oncology research with Dr. Cynthia Gerhardt at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as an undergraduate student. Her current projects include investigating the effectiveness of mind-body resiliency training programs for cancer survivors, specifically targeting individuals with fear of cancer recurrence and adolescent and young adult populations.

 

Grace Styklunas

Grace Styklunas

Grace Styklunas joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in October of 2020. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2018. She is a current dual degree PA/MPH student at Tufts University School of Medicine. In 2020 she completed her Master of Public Health coursework, and she will soon begin school to be get her license as a physician assistant (PA). At CORE, Grace works with Dr. Elyse Park on a multi-site study that offers smoking cessation counseling to patients around the time they complete a lung cancer screening. In the future, Grace hopes to integrate this experience in disease prevention into her role as a primary care PA, advocating for justice-oriented care in a changing healthcare system.

 

Yael Turk

Yael Turk

Yael Turk joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June 2021. She graduated in 2021 from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. Yael is working with Dr. Jennifer Temel and Dr. Joseph Greer on the REACH PC study, a multi-site clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of tele-health versus in-person palliative care for patients with advanced lung cancer. She is passionate about improving palliative care accessibility and working toward increasing health care equity. She is also grateful to be working with such a dedicated and collaborative team. After her time with CORE, Yael plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 

Daniel Yang

Daniel Yang

Daniel Yang joined the Clinical Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June 2021. He grew up in Sherborn, Massachusetts and graduated from Boston College in May 2021 with a B.S. in Information Systems and a minor in Biology. Daniel works with Dr. Connor Johnson on a longitudinal study assessing the clinical and patient factors associated with quality-of-life trajectory in older patients with aggressive lymphomas. He hopes to pursue a career in medicine after his time at CORE.

 

Annie Wang

Annie Wang

Annie Wang joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June 2021. She graduated from Harvard University in 2020 with a B.A. in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. Annie works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri to study prognostic awareness in patients with metastatic cancer, with an additional focus on underrepresented patient populations. Annie also works on a survivorship study for transplant patients implementing a virtual intervention to improve quality of life. Finally, she is involved in a non-inferiority study comparing primary palliative care and specialty palliative care for patients with AML. In the future, Annie hopes to increase patient access to high quality health outcomes through an interdisciplinary approach.

 

Alumni Research Coordinators:

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